Valentine from Afghanistan

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One year ago, we began brainstorming an idea to post simple Valentine messages on our digital sign for the impending holiday. Little did we know, we had stumbled onto an idea that would traverse over 7500 miles. 

“...it was a moment that caught us both off guard, it was truly special.”
— Airman David Steward

Valentines Day 2013, we began posting a series of Valentines from our Facebook followers to their special someone's, via the digital sign that sets high atop our offices here at Adventure Signs in Claremore. Among the requests that came in, we had one with seemingly more gravity than usual from a deployed airman. Local Claremore native David Steward, then deployed to Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan approached us online to get a message to his new bride in Claremore. Little did he know that his wife, Seire, was thinking of Valentine wishes on much the same scale. In fact, the exact same scale. Unknown to the other, they both approached us independently to write their own Valentine message to each other in lights. We couldn't help but oblige such an obvious opportunity to bridge the gap between them, even if for mere moments.

   On a day when a lot of couples spend lunch together, or a nice dinner enjoying each others company, this particular couple was orchestrating a way to have Seire drive by to notice the Valentine wishes. We were blessed to be a part of the moment. 

  For 8 seconds we were able to witness them in a genuine moment. As she read the words "I carry your heart with me -David" from her deployed husband she was overjoyed as she grabbed a quick picture with her phone. David later said, "...it was a moment that caught us both off guard, it was truly special."

Seire Steward seeing a Valentine message from her deployed husband, David.

Seire Steward seeing a Valentine message from her deployed husband, David.


We were so impressed with the Valentine response last year. We will once again be turning our sign into a proverbial love machine. Be sure to let someone special to you know how much you care this Valentines Day. To get your message in lights, all you have to do is tag your post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #lovemore2014 and we will take care of it. We will run messages through Valentines Day.

 

Josh Froman

Claremore, OK